After a solitary point from the opening two games of the new Premier League season, the Eagles head off to Old Trafford to face the daunting task of adding to their tally against a side that have been difficult to get anything out of in recent times.
24th August 2019
Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Manchester M16 0RA
It was a first point for the Eagles at Old Trafford for what seemed like an age in a game that the visitors should perhaps have returned home with all three points instead. A couple of clear chances went begging, particularly from Andros Townsend after a good mazy run. Regardless, it was a welcome point from an opponent that we rarely have any luck against.
Paul Tierney will be the man in the middle on Saturday with his assistants being Eddie Smart and Adrian Holmes. The fourth official will be Mike Dean while Craig Pawson will take on the VAR role assisted by Dan Robathan.
United will be without Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah while Alexis Sanchez is listed as unfit. Palace continue to miss James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho.
James McCarthy, Luka Milivojevic, Aaron Wan Bissaka, Anthony Martial, Daniel James and Jesse Lingard have all received one booking.
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 27/02/2019 Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United
- 24/11/2018 Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace
- 05/03/2018 Crystal Palace 2-3 Manchester United
- 30/09/2017 Manchester United 4-0 Crystal Palace
- 21/05/2017 Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 18/08/2019 Sheffield United 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 10/08/2019 Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
- 03/08/2019 Crystal Palace 0-4 Hertha Berlin
- 30/07/2019 AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Crystal Palace
- 27/07/2019 Bristol City 5-0 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for United;
- 19/08/2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Manchester United
- 11/08/2019 Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea
- 03/08/2019 Manchester United 2-2 AC Milan
- 30/07/2019 Kristiansund 0-1 Manchester United
- 25/07/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Manchester United
RECORD AGAINST UNITED
- Played 55
- Won 7
- Drawn 11
- Lost 37
Top two rated players from each team so far this season according to Who Scored;
- Anthony Martial 7.88
- Aaron Wan Bissaka 7.80
- Joel Ward 7.36
- Christian Benteke 7.17
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – CO Les Ulis, Lyon, Monaco
After a mixed season and the threat of being shipped out of Old Trafford, the Frenchman all of a sudden looks to have a lifeline this season. With the sale of Romelu Lukaku and no big money replacement arriving, Martial has at least until January to prove his worth to the Red Devils.
With over 100 appearances for the club since joining in 2015 and a handful of full international caps for France to his name, the striker has more than enough about him to be the key man going forward for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
WILFRIED ZAHA v AARON WAN BISSAKA
While the loss of Aaron remains a scar that has not had time to heal itself, the two former team-mates going at each other at Old Trafford will be compelling. Not just that, it will likely be an area which will prove key for both teams. Of course, we are all hoping that Zaha puts in the kind of performance that has seen the club slap a £100million price tag around his neck.
- Palace have not beaten United in the last 20 Premier League meetings and there have been only four draws.
- United are unbeaten in the last 17 games against Palace in all competitions.
- Aaron Wan Bissaka has made twice as many tackles as the top two tacklers (Joel Ward, James McArthur (7) in the Palace ranks (15)
- United have kept a clean sheet in their last six home matches against Palace in all competitions.
The expectation is that Roy Hodgson’s side will put in a performance against one of the top six, as opposed to the apathetic display at Bramall Lane last weekend. If there is a repeat of the latter, the hosts are likely to rack up a cricket score and send the Eagles back to South London with their talons blunted. We are going with the aforementioned, a response from the players to push a United side looking to build on their good start to the season.
Final score: United 2-1 Palace (Pogba, Rashford, Milivojevic)
In the week leading up to the trip to Manchester, TEB had a chat with the guys at popular United fan group, The Busby Babes to find out about their hopes for the season, thoughts ahead of the game and plenty more.
- Home – 1/3
- Draw – 4/1
- Away – 15/2
- Both teams to score – 21/20